Chrome 59 For Android Is Live & Promises Faster Page Loads

Chrome 59 for Android is live and it promises faster page loads which seems to be an ongoing improvement that Google makes to Chrome with nearly every update. Google posted about the update to the mobile version of its popular browser yesterday so the update should already be hitting quite a few user devices at this point, though as always it may take some time to reach everyone and that could mean a few days. Google has posted a list of the changes with Chrome 59 for Android on Github so anyone interested can check there for the entire list of what's different.

According to the blog post, there is only one major change and it comes in the form of a single new feature, which is the use of an updated javascript engine to help web pages load faster and help Chrome for Android use less memory. Google doesn't mention anything about how much faster the pages will be loading compared to before this update, so users will simply have to use the app and try to determine for themselves whether or not they notice any significant boost in speed for loading pages.

Aside from the faster page loads and less memory usage, the only other changes in this new version of the Chrome app on Android are stability improvements and bug fixes. With better stability being an under the hood improvement that isn't exactly user-facing, it might be hard to pinpoint which parts of the Chrome app are more stable, but if you use the browser often enough then you may very well end up noticing a generally smoother experience across the board. Chrome 59 for Android quickly follows in the footsteps of the update to Chrome 59 for desktop which Google began pushing this week as well, though the changes for that version of Chrome are a bit different, including a new Material Design settings. Aside from the browser updates, Chrome on the desktop will also now be the exclusive browser for AT&T's DIRECTV Now streaming service for those who like to watch TV and movies through the desktop browser version of the service instead of streaming through the mobile app.

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